Dry printing systems make their mark
While many manufacturers say they continue to traditional wet processing, many new dry printing systems are being launched at PMA 08. Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc., Valhalla, N.Y., announces the Fujifilm Frontier Dry Minilab 400. Featuring an inkjet print engine, the Frontier Dry Minilab 400 will provide both new market entrants and traditional photofinishers an economical and customizable dry printing solution that leverages FujifilmÕs user interface for retail photo lab workflow.
The Frontier Dry Minilab 400 incorporates Fujifilm's new Frontier Workflow Management Software MS, featuring Image Intelligence. Employing a four-ink cartridge system that uses a piezoelectric inkjet head system, it generates the first 4-by-6 inch print in 60 seconds, up to 650 prints per hour (1,300 prints per hour with dual configuration). A single printer can produce up to 250 8-by-10-inch prints per hour. The Frontier Dry Minilab 400 allows for multiple stackable printer configurations that can produce 3.5-by-5, 4-by-6, 8-by-10, and panorama prints up to 10-by-36 inches.
Noritsu Koki Co. Ltd., Wakayama City, Japanannounces the D701 is a compact inkjet minilab that does not use any photofinishing chemicals, which means it is easy to install in just about any type of location, and is easy to perform maintenance for. By connecting operation software and consumer terminals to the D701, you can obtain the same functionality and easily provide the same services as QSS systems.
The D701 uses state-of-the-art dry technology with precise dot size control to quickly produce vivid prints with a smooth portrayal of a wide range of colors.
Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester. N.Y., unveils the new Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange/APEX, the company' new, behind-the-counter thermal dry lab solution.
The APEX system provides retailers with ease-of-use, flexibility and scalability, enabling them to produce profitable, high-quality photo products while minimizing cost and complexity. APEX combines ribbon optimization and dual finish features to cost effectively allow a broad range of print sizes and finishes from a single media SKU. The system's flexibility makes it suitable for retailers of any size, and allows them to leverage existing assets and expand into new technologies as business needs dictate.
Order-sorting, a standard function of chemical-based minilabs, continues to expand in the dry digital minilab market in the next generation of NexLab dye-sublimation minilab from DNP Photo Imaging America, San Marcos, Texas. DNP is introducing new NexLab features such as an optional nine-order sorter. The new sorter frees a photo lab technician to assist customers or complete other tasks while the minilab continues to print and separate up to nine orders with no manual intervention.
The next generation of the NexLab solution also offers back-print capabilities and switchable DS Series printers -- with capacities of 1,000 prints per hour -- allowing a seamless exchange of printers to ramp up to meet seasonal needs or to offer a greater selection of print sizes.
Manufacturers launch photo kiosks and kiosk software
Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc., Valhalla, N.Y., announces GetPix Kiosk Software TS for use with the GetPix V5 and F6 Kiosk Terminals. GetPix Kiosk Software TS allows retailers to offer a wide range of products produced through a diverse range of printing services and output devices. The software's improved user interface provides consumers with a simple, intuitive ordering process while still offering a wide menu of products and photo gifts such as mugs, t-shirts, and puzzles, using FujiColor Processing lab service. It also allows the integration of additional photo applications, including photobooks, collages, and folded greeting cards.
In addition, Fujifilm introduces its GetPix F6 Kiosk Terminal, which offers retailers an affordable, flexible solution without sacrificing functionality. It allows consumers to navigate through the user interface at substantial speed. Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., introduces the new Picture Kiosk G4X, featuring a combination of dual core processor and additional RAM & hard disk memory. It is designed to reduce wait time and increase consumer satisfaction with its rapid image loading and overall speed from start-to-finish.
With the addition of the accessory DVD burner, consumers can create a Picture Movie DVD in as little as 5 minutes.
DNP Photo Imaging America, San Marcos, Texas,is launching its new self-service Photo Station, a digital kiosk using the company's dye-sublimation photo printing technologies. It combines multiple photo order entry terminals -- usually three or more -- with a high-speed print tower, which can accommodate up to four printers.
Consumers can use the system on-site or place print-to-store orders through an online photo service.
The Photo Station uses DNP's just-announced Tomo self-service kiosk software, designed to make transforming digital media files into prints at a photo kiosk a fast, friendly experience and provides consumers with a variety of editing and printing options.
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